These animals are donated by the community. Each child picks an animal when they first come to the center. They are able to keep it and take it home. This picture also emphasizes the “home-like” atmosphere that we strive to create throughout our center
“to provide a child- friendly, community based facility where a child victim of physical and/or sexual abuse can be safely interviewed, receive crisis counseling and long term therapy and receive a medical exam, if needed.”
The mission of the Lake Sumter Children’s Advocacy Center is to provide a child-friendly, community-based facility where a child victim of physical and/or sexual abuse can be safely interviewed, provided with crisis counseling, medical exams and long term specialized trauma therapy, when needed.
Incorporated in 1997, the Lake Sumter Children’s Advocacy Center is the culmination of our community’s volunteers and agency representatives working together to provide child abuse victims with all necessary services in a single location. These services include specialized medical exams, forensic interviews, crisis and long term therapy and victim advocacy. This past year our agency provided services to 1026 child victims of physical and/or sexual abuse between the ages of 0 and 18.
Services include videotaped forensic interviews, forensic medical exams, victim advocacy, prevention education, and crisis and long-term counseling. During the past year a total of 1046 children accessed services through the Center.
The CAC has a history of providing services in response to community needs. Several programs, including the therapy program and the victim advocacy program were developed in direct response to an identified need in our community. The CAC has 4 Master’s level therapists on staff that provide evidence based trauma therapy to child victims of abuse. The therapists utilize a variety of therapy types including Play therapy, Pet Assisted Therapy and Art Therapy. Each child is evaluated individually to determine the specific needs of the child. There is no charge for any services provided to the child victim and/or non-offending family members.